When we caught up on the phone, Scanlan was 30 minutes late, and it was for a very good reason -- his infant son kept his parents up well past their bedtime.
Scanlan hoped that the interview wouldn't go too deep into storylines or plots that he couldn't wrap his head around given his lack of sleep.
He needn't have worried. Once the conversation got started, his excitement over the project was apparent. And since fatherhood is important to Jimmy, knowing its importance to Scanlan was welcome.
It's been a decade since Scanlan played bad boy Brendan Brady on the UK soap opera Hollyoaks. While some people don't like to recall their time on soaps, Scanlan feels blessed.
"Wow. That's a blast from the past," he said when I brought up Hollyoaks.